This past week with my favourite friendly faces visiting Barcelona for a spot of eating and enjoying the summer time vibes in Barcelona, we headed out to Poble Sec. The first neighbourhood I lived in, in Barcelona, and the first place the besties came to stay with us. Needless to say it was fun to go full circle, and quite a bit has changed in Poble Sec. Now part of the newest Hipster route, you know the one – filled with trend setting flower beards and horn-rim specs. Well not quite, although Calle Blai has blossomed, it still retains some of its colourful textures. Factory façades and a distinct Latino tone. Along the street we hopped, gobbling up pintxos like snapping turtles and gulping the house beer in each spot. It proved to be a great late afternoon’s activity. We people watched, enjoyed some rays on the terraces set up along the road, and talked about the pintxos. Literally translated as “Thorns”, each little tapa, or bite size snack comes with a longish tooth pick holding a tower of various flavours together on a slice of bread. This could be anything from a cube of spanish tortilla, a cherry tomato, a sliver of anchovy, a spiced pepper, a dash of sausage, sautéed onion, all wildy balanced and skewered by said thorn. The challenge is to get it all in your mouth, follow it by a slurp of your preferred beverage and then pick your teeth with a flourish at the end. Well anyway that’s what I think! Now I feel that I may need to make this a regular event in my life, or at least visit Basque Country in northern Spain, where eating pintxos is a way of life! If you are in Barcelona, do yourself a favour and organise a little tapas & pintxos journey in Poble Sec from Bar to Bar.
Other noteworthy spots to stop are La Frederica (brunch), Spice Cafe (cake & coffee) and Bread and Circus (although do not under any circumstances eat their salads!)